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Robert Mountsier Collection

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Mountsier, Robert, 1888-1972

Robert Mountsier was recording secretary of the Student Lecture Bureau, University of Michigan, ca. 1910, and editor of The Evening Sun in New York, ca. 1911-1912.

Mountsier, Robert, 1888-1972

Robert Mountsier was recording secretary of the Student Lecture Bureau, University of Michigan, ca. 1910, and editor of The Evening Sun in New York, ca. 1911-1912.

The collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts of Robert Mountsier. The correspondence is divided into two parts. The first part dates from the time that Mountsier was recording secretary of the Student Lecture Bureau at the University of Michigan. It consists of letters and drafts of letters from Mountsier inviting educators, authors, senators, politicians, inventors, and other prominent persons to lecture at the Student Lecture Bureau, or for theatrical companies to perform, during the academic year 1908-1909. Correspondents include Elisha Benjamin Andrews, James Burrill Angell, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, David Brewer, Andrew Carnegie, Joseph Gurney Cannon, Joseph Hodges Choate, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Harrison Grey Fiske, William Crawford Gorgas, John Hays Hammond, Sr., John Grier Hibben (Princeton University's 14th president), James Jerome Hill, Charles Rann Kennedy, John Worth Kern, Philander Chase Knox, Jack London, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Charles Edward Magoon, Henry John Miller, John Mitchell, Hugo Münsterberg, Thomas Nelson Page, James Whitcomb Riley, Elihu Root, John Singer Sargent, William Howard Taft, Takahira Kogoro, Ida Minerva Tarbell, Augustus Thomas, Charlemagne Tower, Walter Wellman, and Benjamin Ide Wheeler.

The second part of the correspondence is chiefly with Hiram S. Cody who worked with the Mexican Petroleum Co. in Mexico. The company was planning to build a clubhouse at Ebano that included an entertainment hall, a library, a billiard and game room, and an auditorium with weekly "moving pictures," stereopticon entertainments, dances, concerts, amateur plays, and slide and travel talks. Cody in Mexico and Mountsier in the United States discuss the purchase of stereopticon and "moving picture equipment," lenses, spools, library books and magazine subscriptions, billiard tables, binders, travel films and slides, a Gentleman's piano player, the latest song hits, bookplates, rubber stamps, and duplicating machines. Mountsier also corresponded with H. C. Boggs of the Corps of Engineers to provide him with copies of relief maps of the Suez Canal for the travel talks at the Clubhouse. Included are letters and drafts of letters of Mountsier to Mr. Grosvenor, editor of the National Geographic Magazine dated March 1912, applying for the position of editor for the Volta Review.

The manuscripts are typed announcements regarding the ten prominent speakers who agreed to talk at the Student Lecture Bureau during the 1908-1909 academic year. Also included is the promotional pamphlet that was printed with photographs and biographical information of the speakers as well as a prospectus of the pamphlet.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Various AM.

Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

TLS from Elisha Benjamin Andrews, 1908 June 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 TLsS and 1 ACS from James Burrill Angell, 1908 July-August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Edwin Anderson Alderman, Declining His Invitation to Speak at Michigan, 1908 August 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 TLsS from Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, 1908 May-July. 1 folder.
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1 folder

7 TLsS from David Josiah Brewer, 1908-1909. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 TLsS from Joseph Gurney Cannon, 1908 July-August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TL to Andrew Carnegie by Robert Mountsier; TLS to Robert Mountsier in Reply, Signed James Bertham, "P[rivate] Secretary", 1908 June 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 ALsS from Joseph Hodges Choate, 1908 June-September. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Charles Warren Fairbanks, 1908 August 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 TLsS from Harrison Grey Fiske in Reply to Letters Mountsier Sent Mrs. Fiske, 1908 July 23-30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 TLsS from William Crawford Gorgas, 1908 July-August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 TLsS from John Hays Hammond, 1908 July-October. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS from John Grier Hibben, 1908 September 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from James Jerome Hill, 1908 July 25. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS from Harry Burns Hutchins, 1908 August 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 ALsS from Charles Rann Kennedy, 1908 August-September. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS from John Worth Kern, 1908 September 25. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Philander Chase Knox, 1908 May 27. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Sir Wilfrid Laurier, 1908 July 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Jack London, 1908 December 21. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Charles Edward Magoon, 1908 October 21. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Henry John Miller, 1908 August 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

10 TLsS from John Mitchell, 1908-1909. 1 folder.
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1 folder

58 ANs, TNs, TLs & TLsS; Correspondence as Secretary of Student Lecture Bureau at University of Michigan and as Correspondent for The Evening Sun, New York, 1908-1911. 1 folder.
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1 folder

34 ALsS, TLs, & TLsS; Correspondence as Secretary of Student Lecture Bureau at University of Michigan and as Correspondent for The Evening Sun, New York, circa 1910-1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Papers as Secretary of Student Lecture Bureau, University of Michigan, Including the "Student Lecture Association Prospectus" for 1908-1909, circa 1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Essays, 1908 September 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS from Hugo Münsterberg, 1908 July 9. 1 folder.
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1 folder

2 TLsS from Thomas Nelson Page, 1908 June-September. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from James Whitcomb Riley, 1908 August 11. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TLS from Elihu Root, 1908 July 31. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS from John Singer Sargent, 1908 September 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS from Albert Augustus Stanley "To the Editor 'Michigan Daily'," Robert Mountsier, 1908 October 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TL to Taft by Robert Mountsier; 2 TLsS to Mountsier by Taft in Reply, 1908 18 May-June 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

8 TLsS and 2 ALsS from Baron Kogoro Takahira, 1908 May 25-1909 June 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 TLsS and 1 ALS from Ida Minerva Tarbell, 1908 May 21-September 11. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 TLsS from Augustus Thomas, 1908 July 20-November 20. 1 folder.
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1 folder

6 ALsS from Charlemagne Tower, 1908-1909. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 ALsS and 1 TLS from Walter Wellman, 1908 June 28-1909 September 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

4 TLsS from Benjamin Ide Wheeler, Concerning Upcoming Speeches on Pacific Ocean at University of Michigan; 2 TMs (same)-"The Pacific Ocean in International Relations", 1908 May 19-August 31. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unidentified Gelatin Silver Print (Tree in Foreground, Building in Background), undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Print, Suggest